Palaces and Temples, Chiang Mai
One Burmese style temple in Chiang Mai city area. The buildings in this temple was built by mixed style of Lanna (Northern Thailand) art,Burmese art and European art. The temple was built on the reign of Phya San Phu and renovated again by Luang Yon Karn Pijit ,the Burmese who came to work in Chaing Mai. There 're some interesting buildings such as : The main Chedi which 's Burmese style. On the base of Chedi situated Singhas or lions at four corners ,the Viharn where adjusted from the old palace of King Kaviloros Suriyavongsa and the abbot residence in Colonial Style.
Some scholars assumed that this temple was built before 2035 BE. as it appeared in inscription which said about this temple ,it was an important temple where King or his royal family built and renovation later.Otherwise, the viharn was built in King Phya Thammalanka's reign. And the name of the temple derived from Guu,a building for housed Buddha image behide viharn called Phasart.
The must see things:
-Viharn in Lanna style where housed a big Buddha image in wonderful stucco and mirrors decorated.Inside viharn decorated with gold gilded on red wall.
Alot of the temples in the Ancient part of the city can be reached without doing a tour. Last
year we hired a Songatheaw for the afternoon and he took us and our friends to where ever I wanted to go. Or you can hire bicycles to ride around the city.
These temples that are near each other and could be visited within a few hours.
Wat Prah Singh - Very nice temple over 700 years old. Can release birds for good luck at temple. Great Bhudda inside temple.
Wat Chedi Luang - Huge Chedi that has partially collapsed. Worth seeing. Thai school kids will ften come up to you here to practise their english.
Wat Chiang Man Oldest temple in city holds an artifact thought to have the power to bring rain.
Wat Suan Dok - Another old one 500 years old different design to others more open. Contains ashes of Chiang Mai royal family.
Thae Pae Gates: Around the old part of the city it is surrounded by a mout and the remains of the city wall. The moutes are well kept and look quite nice. You can hire
bicycle and ride around the old part of Chiang Mai and visit many of the above temples. Or just hire a Tuk Tuk or Songatheaw for a few hours which will cost a few hundred baht.
Behind Wat Chiang Mai or Singh artists paint pictures of the area. The paintings are very cheap and great quality.
Remember to remove shoes and hats when entering the temples. Some of
these temples are very
sacred to the Thai peole. Also remember to not point feet at Budda.
Chedi Leam temple or Ku Kam temple 's one temple in Wieng Kum Kam ancient city.At first built,this chedi was a step chedi in the same style as Kukut chedi in Lamphun. This Chedi 've been renovated by Burmese after Chiang Mai empire. So it's the mixed style between Lanna and Burmese style. On the time ,I arrived there was a local market in the temple ground.It was so fun to see people lifestyle in this temple.
No evidence on history about this small temple. But there 're 2 evidences on Lanna building here. The first one is Chedi which decorated with gold plates .The style of this chedi looks like Chedi Phra That Doi Suthep on Suthep Mountain. Another one is Temple gate which remains with some beautiful decorated stuccos.
This temple was built in 1839 BE. by King Meng Rai.Originally, this place was his residence and he donated his place as a temple. The most attraction of this temple 's Chedi with elelphant stuccos surrounded and gold plates covered on the top.It's one style of Lanna chedi. Others interesting things 're Viharn and Buddha images inside.
Near Mae Sae border you can find the last temple in the north of Thailand.
If you want to cross the border, you have to pay US20.
You can find this temple in the left side of the road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Its Totally white, whith no color and many pieces of mirrors.
This ruin temple located in Wieng Kum Kam Ancient city. This temple still left some buildings which we can imagine how the temple look like in the past. It 's a good example of Wieng Kum Kam art.
One temple in Chiang Mai where built in Burmese style and still have so many Burmese architecture style inside.
This temple was built in Burmese style. The most interesting building 's the Chedi with finest stucco in Burmese style.
Near the flower market we ha a chance to see a beautiful Chinese Temple.
On the grounds was a large dragon. There was a tunnel through its mouth decorated with fabulous murals!
C.Mai has over 300 temples almost as many as Bangkok, many are under construction or repair and they are very beautiful, take a tuk-tuk and go around